Activities within the project “Improving the quality of hospital care to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths (Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia and Vietnam)”
From June 01 to 03 in Tajikistan and from June 13 to 17 in Kyrgyz Republic, National Steering Group meeting and semi-annual Quality Improvement Workshops were held within the framework of a joint project with WHO on “Improving the quality of hospital care to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths (Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia and Vietnam)”.
Among the participants of these events were representatives of the embassies of the Russian Federation in Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of the WHO Head Quarters European and Regional Offices and Ministries of Health, heads of maternity and pediatric departments, obstetrician-gynecologists, neonatologists, and midwives from district hospitals. For the first time during the missions in Tajikistan, the meeting was attended by representatives of the State Supervision Service of Medical Activities “Khadamot”. The Russian WHO Collaborating Centers were represented by experts from the National Medical Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology named after Academician V.I. Kulakov (Ekaterina Yarotskaya, Head of the Department of International Cooperation; Elizaveta Khamatkhanova, Head of the Department of Educational Simulation Technologies in Medicine) and the National Medical Research Center for Children's Health of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation (Marina Taratina, Senior Researcher of the Department of Planning and Development).
The meetings were aimed to discuss the progress made over the past six months and to plan the work for the next six months for each pilot hospital (in Tajikistan: central hospitals in Khujand, Istaravshan, Hisor, Konibodom, Isfara, Rudaki district, Panjakent, Vahdat, Ayni, Tursunzoda; in Kyrgyz Republic: hospital in Batken region (Batken/Kyzyl-Kiya), Chui region (Bishkek), Issyk-Kul region (Karakol) and Jalal-Abad region (Jalal-Abad/Bazar-Korgon).
The important tasks of these meetings were to review methods and approaches used to improve the quality of medical care and to develop new strategies to improve the quality of hospital services.
In the first half of 2022, a number of pediatricians, child health specialists, obstetricians-gynecologists, neonatologists, midwives and nurses from participating countries took part in various activities and training programs offered by the project. The training workshops included sessions on effective perinatal care, the use of the WHO Pocket Book to care for 0-5-year-old children in resource-limited settings, and the use of WHO tools for assessing the quality of care. All pilot hospitals received printed versions of the new WHO guidelines and standards.
Experts from the Russian WHO Collaborating Centers prepared 7 new training modules for practice-oriented trainings, made suggestions for the development of Pocket Book for obstetricians, and planned simulation trainings in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and in the National Centers of the Russian Federation.
In the short term, it is planned to develop an individual hospital plan (based on WHO guidelines) for improving the quality of medical care in Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic.